Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Light the Night, and a Wierd Encounter

I almost forgot to post about the Light the Night event that we went to on Friday night and some things that make you go... Hmmm.

So, we went to the Leukemia and Lymphoma "Light the Night" event and walked around Old Town Fort Collins with lit up balloons to help make money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society. It was a good event all in all but there was this one weird thing...

We were getting registered when Tiffany and I recognized a young couple who also used to live at UV, University Village. I went over to ask them if they had lived at UV and the first thing she asked me was, "did you live in the 1600's?" I told her yes and asked her about her daughter, who seemed to have the typical round puffy cheeks of a kid with cancer. Her daughter, also has A.L.L. and also lived in the 1600 campus of CSU's Married Student Housing in UV. She proceeded to tell me of several other people who had contracted Leukemia, Lymphoma, and other cancers, at least 4 of them kids, all in the 1600 block of UV, 8 total.

So, basically that really sucks. I know that I couldn't have know about that when I signed up for graduate school and moved our family into UV... But it still stinks. And it stinks for all the kids that are still living there. I wonder if anyone will get it this fall? To me, there is an obvious link. There is no way in my mind that when 3000 kids a year get A.L.L. that 2 of them would get it 2 years in a row and in the same building complex!

So, I don't know what to do from here, but I don't see myself being able to let it go. CSU has to have good records of everything that has been sprayed around there, everything that those old buildings are made of, and much much more. It seems like a great opportunity to help figure out what may be one of the causes of Leukemia and Lymphoma.

Anybody have any ideas of where to start?


Anonymous said...

Wow! That's unbelievable!!! Man, it must really be hard to know what to do next with that information. I will be praying for wisdom for you. I missing all you guys and wish I could have tagged along on the road trip with the mom and Claud! Hope to see you soon!

Love you,

Anonymous said...

I spoke with my friend that used to work at Children's here. She suggested at your next appointment in Denver you ask how to reach the Denver Cancer Registery. The epidemiologists there would track this type of information. Even if there is no correlation now, having that information may help them later.
Hope you are doing well. Love, Julie